Pink to Grammys president: 'Women have been ... stepping up, and also stepping aside'
All but one of the biggest Grammy awards went to men, and artists like Pink and Halsey are not OK with the response from the president of the Recording Academy. USA TODAY
Pink never has been one to keep her head down and avoid saying what's on her mind.
So she's got some words in response to Recording Academy president Neil Portnow, who suggested that if women wish to collect more golden gramophones moving forward, they need to double down on their efforts.
After women picked up only one of the nine main prizes awarded at the Grammys on Sunday night, Portnow implied that perhaps it was for lack of trying. "I think it has to begin with women who have the creativity in their hearts and their souls — who want to be musicians, who want to be engineers, who want to be producers, who want to be part of the industry on an executive level — to step up, because I think they would be welcome."
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Well, that didn't go over well.
"Women in music don't need to 'Step Up,'" Pink posted Monday in a handwritten message distributed on Twitter. "Women have been stepping since the beginning of time. Stepping up, and also stepping aside."
She continued, "Women OWNED music this year. They've been KILLING IT. And every year before it."
Pink's What About Us was nominated in the best pop solo performance category, but lost to Ed Sheeran's Shape of You.
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